Brad and Angelina: non-believers married in a chapel

So, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie finally got married:  Jolie and Pitt wed in a small chapel in a private ceremony attended by family and friends at Chateau Miraval. In advance of the nondenominational civil ceremony, Pitt and Jolie obtained a marriage license from a local California judge. The judge also conducted the ceremony in [Read More...]

Further proof that God loves us

Let the revels begin:  September is prime pumpkin season at Dunkin’ Donuts, as America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods today revealed its harvest of new and returning pumpkin favorites for fall. Leading the autumn array are new Pumpkin Crème Brulee Coffee and Lattes, which are available hot or iced, featuring the delicious flavors of [Read More...]

Great moments in fashion design: concentration camp chic?

From The New York Times:  The Zara T-shirt is called the “Sheriff,” but it looks more like the top of a Nazi concentration camp uniform. And that’s a problem for many people, judging from the outcry on social media. On Wednesday, after an uproar on Twitter, where many posts accused the clothes firm of anti-Semitism [Read More...]

Home run: one church’s smart idea for improving Mass attendance

A great location and a savvy social media campaign combine to create a textbook example of New Evangelization. It also provides further proof that (as someone once said) if you build it, they will come. Check this out, from The Washington Post:  Fans who stream into the Navy Yard district before Nats games are now [Read More...]

Bigger wedding, happier marriage?

I wonder if this study was funded by a catering company. (And I wonder what the Kardashians would say…) Details:  A new report from the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia uses a longitudinal survey of recently married American couples to find correlations between spouses’ histories and the quality of their marriage. (“Marriage quality” is based on responses [Read More...]

Now THIS is how to do the ALS ice bucket challenge

Thank you, Patrick Stewart. Cheers. [Read more...]

“I’m a straight woman married to a woman…”

And now for something completely different. I’ve never seen a story quite like this before. This isn’t exactly the ordinary couple next door. From The Washington Post:  I’ve never questioned my sexuality, my desire to be with a man. Still, when I first encountered the person who would become my husband, he was wearing makeup and [Read More...]

The struggles of being a woman minister—and staying employed

We don’t usually think about people in ministry being out of work and struggling to make ends meet. But this profile of one woman in New York City offers a different perspective: The Rev. Dominique C. Atchison stood at the lectern in the church fellowship hall, her voice soaring, her body swaying. There were joyful [Read More...]

RIP, Don Pardo

One of the most familiar voices in the world is silent. Details:  Don Pardo, the magisterial announcer of Saturday Night Live for nearly 40 years — the highlight of seven heard and hardly seen decades at NBC — has died. He was 96. Pardo died Monday evening, an NBC spokesperson confirmed toThe Hollywood Reporter. He died in [Read More...]

Awesome: “Riverdance” wedding celebration

Forget dancing to “Thriller” at a wedding. This instantly blows that idea out of the water. Details:  Another reason Irish weddings are the best? There’s always the off chance some “Riverdance” pros might be on the guest list! That’s exactly what happened last week when pro-dancers Michael O’Meara and Nikki Mac Loone tied the knot. Because [Read More...]